Battlefield Wayside Exhibit Planning

An original wayside exhibit panel from the 1970s and a current wayside panel from the park. - Saratoga NHP

An original wayside exhibit panel from the 1970s and a current wayside panel from the park. – Saratoga NHP

Saratoga National Historical Park is in the process of a Comprehensive Wayside Rehabilitation project that has been funded by the National Park Service. The park’s current 60 “wayside” exhibits (outdoor signs which tell the story of the Battles of Saratoga), laid out across the scenic 10-mile long tour road, currently date back to the 1960s and 1970s.

The new plan focuses on an improved understanding and orientation to the Battles of Saratoga, and includes new scholarship, new artwork, new stories, and expanded opportunities for mobile web applications. Concurrent with the project will be major physical accessibility improvements to the Battlefield as well

In late summer 2014, the park unveiled a document called “Themes and Concepts” downloadable PDF file (248 kb) outlining ideas for the new waysides. It was presented to the public, academics, historians, Friends members, and youth. With feedback and edits to that document, park staff have created a detailed outline and narrative for each wayside exhibit, and production is near at hand. Stay tuned for additional updates!